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JARDesign Ground Handling (GHD) Updated To Version 4

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We recently reported on some previews, shown by JARDesign in a closed Facebook group, that previewed an overhauled refresh on their handy Ground Handling (GHD) plugin for X-Plane.

The great news for users of the plugin, is that that version 4 has now been released following a post on the JAR forums. Version 4.140618 is the initial release of the overhauled version, and features big changes to the UI, bringing it in line with the X-Plane 11 UI styling, as well as being VR compatible for users who enjoy doing their simming in virtual reality.

The update is completely free for existing owners of the plugin and can be downloaded using the link on the forum post (linked above). If this is an item still on your shopping list, head to simMarket where it can be had for EUR 16.

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The Charity Scenery Project: Scenery For A Cause

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If you're like me, you probably don't give to charity as often as you should. If you're really like me, you also have an unhealthy scenery addiction for your simulator(s). Fortunately for people like you and I, we're able to solve both of these problems with the help of the Charity Scenery Project. The Charity Scenery Project was founded by Craig Tomkins,
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Aerosoft DC-8 Updated, Adds FSX, FSX:SE Compatibility

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 FSElite reader Max has informed us that the FSX/32-bit version of this aircraft is numbered as version 1.0.0 and comes as a separate installer to the P3Dv4/64-bit version (numbered as 1.03). Aerosoft released the Douglas DC-8 for Prepar3D v4 back in April which had fans of the classic airliner rejoicing. Fans of the DC-8 who also sit in the crossover demographic of
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PMDG Issue X-Plane Development Update; Future X-Plane Products Not Ruled Out

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Following a controversial major product announcement at FSExpo over the weekend, PMDG's Robert Randazzo has issued an unexpected, yet welcomed X-Plane development update on the AVSim forums. Randazzo starts off by saying that although it has been a long time since the company has said or done anything in the X-Plane community, he assures users that the platform is not being intentionally
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JARDesign Previews VR Compatible Ground Handling v4 Plugin

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With more and more Virtual Reality headset products hitting the market, and simulators adding native VR capabilities for added immersion, developers are starting to take VR a lot more seriously than they used to. It’s because of this that JARDesign has begun to show off previews of their upcoming Ground Handling (GHD) v4 plugin for X-Plane, which promises to be VR-friendly.

In a closed Facebook group dedicated to the development group’s products, lead designer Evgeny Romanov described the improvements to the upcoming refreshed plugin as being the group’s “first step in the VR-world”. This VR-focused update gives users the ability to “flexibly control the movement of handling cars” while also being able to resize and move the plugin window within the VR world. In addition to the VR compatibility, Evgeny says that there will be approximately 40 aircraft sets included with the product, and the plugin window has been re-designed to fit into the standard X-Plane 11 UI style.

The new features will come at some cost though, with the price tag of the plugin set to rise by around $5. There is good news for existing users, though – this update will come at no extra charge.

While Evgeny did not indicate a solid release date, he did say that JARDesign are expecting to release this new version in the very near future.

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FSDreamTeam Announce GSX Level 2 – SODE jetways everywhere, animated ground pedestrians

FSDreamTeam used their time on stage at FSExpo this morning to announce Ground Services X (GSX) Level 2. GSX is their ground services add-on for P3D and FSX used to spawn ground vehicles such as baggage loaders, stairways and fuel trucks, while also being able to interface with SODE jetways at supported sceneries. That changes slightly with level 2, however,
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PilotEdge Announce New FSX/P3D Client, Sky High Charters

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PilotEdge has announced a new FSX/P3D client for their network users in the very first on-stage announcement for FSExpo. The client, based on vPilot, will bring dynamic model matching to the user experience, along with ground clamping, simultaneous COM radios, yoke PTT support without the use of FSUIPC, and a web-based interface. Additionally, PilotEdge has also announced a new project 'Sky High
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Orbx Release YBRM Broome For X-Plane

Orbx has kicked off the exciting run of announcements from FSExpo with the release of YBRM Broome for X-Plane. Broome is a small regional airport located in the north of Western Australia but serves as a hub airport for the Kimberly region. It sees daily traffic from a huge variety of aircraft including B738, A320, F100, B717, E170 and DHC8 airliners, S-92
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[UPDATED] HiFi Provide Development Update, Previews Of ActiveSky For X-Plane Soon

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HiFi Simulation Technologies, the company behind ActiveSky - the renowned weather engine for P3D and FSX, has provided a development update on their forum. The first talking point that Damian delves into, is the ActiveSky for X-Plane product that was announced some time ago. The team has been rather quiet about this since then. Damian tells us that ActiveSky for
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